Are you like me? Do you believe that EPA has your back? I believed that if a chemical came to market that there had been at least some testing to determine that it is safe for people and the environment. Well, let me say, I am completely wrong.
Out of more than 80,000 chemicals in the United States less than 10 have been deemed to pose an unreasonable risk! Really???
This is how it works:
In 1976 the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed into law. It was intended to provide the EPA the power to protect the public and the environment from unreasonable risks of injury …associated with the manufacture, processing, distribution, use or disposal of chemical substances both naturally occurring and synthetic with some notable exceptions including food, cosmetics and pesticides.
So in short TSCA does NOT require industry to test a new chemical before producing and using it! Chemicals are presumed safe unless proven otherwise! Also TSCA requires the EPA to exceed an extreme burden of proof before regulating a chemical.
How does this sit with you?
I am stunned to say the least! What happened to the precautionary principle??? If you do not know the precautionary principle, it states the following:
“When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.”
Many chemicals in common use are known to contribute to endocrine disruption, obesity, and cancer to name a few. In the meantime, check out the environmental working group’s website at www.ewg.org to see how chemically healthy your self-care and home products are.
Do it for you.
Do it for your family.
Do it for all of us.
Do it now.